Accuracy of blood pressure measurement in the primary care provider setting is crucial to the diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure. In 2005, the American Heart Association recommended guidelines for blood pressure measurement technique. Despite these specific recommendations, blood pressure measurement is often performed incorrectly in the primary care setting.
This project was undertaken to evaluate nurse's knowledge of and adherence to the recommended guidelines. The project consisted of a pretest questionnaire regarding blood pressure measurement technique, a twenty minute blood pressure training in-service, and a posttest questionnaire of blood pressure measurement technique. The project resulted in improved knowledge of and adherence to the recommended guidelines following the blood pressure training in-service as evidenced by improved posttest questionnaire scores and researcher observation of nurses performing the skill.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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